It is very pleasing to report that it has been a very good year for these birds (the best I have witnessed since we have moved into my present address five years ago) as well as the local House Martins where I have counted as many as 12 birds in the air at once. A pair nests regularly under the eaves of our roof as well as a pair next door and both are in residence for the summer again this year.
Butterflies were out in force early this morning with Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell and several Gatekeepers in evidence.
This evening, the Brown Hawker buzzed around the tops of the trees and finally came to roost at 9.45pm near the top of a Copper Beech. Probably the same individual as pictured in yesterdays blog.